The Negative Effects of Quarantine on Pets

Slides by Maddison Hahn

My project explores the possible negative effects that quarantine had on the mental well-being of our pets. I ask whether the signs of separation anxiety increased after quarantine, compared to before. To support my secondary sources, I gathered data using a survey that I created. The survey allowed me to compile data from pet owners observing the behavior of their pets from before and after quarantine. I started this project because my own pet has struggled with separation anxiety. After the stay-at-home order was lifted and my parents went back to work, her anxiety got a lot worse to the point where my parents hesitate to leave her alone when they do not have to. I wanted to see if other pet owners had similar experiences with their pets after quarantine was lifted. The significance of the results of my project is that mental health not only deteriorated in humans but pets as well during and after quarantine. By understanding the reasonings for the sudden change in pet behavior, we can remedy the negative side effects. The saying that dogs are “mans best friend” holds true to a large amount of people. The pets in our lives grow with us like family, so it is hard to see them struggle and not know why. My project brings some things to light to help pet owners understand their pets a little better and learn the best ways to help them through their struggles. I argue that quarantine induced a behavioral change in pets that led to an increase in the symptoms associated with separation anxiety.

References:

Flannigan, Gerrard, and Nicholas H. Dodman. “Risk Factors and Behaviors Associated with     Separation Anxiety in Dogs.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,          vol. 219, no. 4, 15 Aug. 2001, pp. 460–466., doi:10.2460/javma.2001.219.460.

Parthasarathy, Valli, and Sharon L. Crowell-Davis. “Relationship between Attachment to           Owners and Separation Anxiety in Pet Dogs (Canis Lupus Familiaris).” Journal of Veterinary Behavior, vol. 1, no. 3, 2006, pp. 109–120., doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2006.09.005.

Schwartz, Stefanie. “Separation Anxiety Syndrome in Cats: 136 Cases (1991-2000).” Journal of        the American Veterinary Medical Association, vol. 220, no. 7, 1 Apr. 2002, pp. 1028– 1033., doi:10.2460/javma.2002.220.1028.

“Separation Anxiety.” ASPCA, www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-  issues/separation-anxiety. 

Serpell, James A., and Deborah L. Duffy. “Dog Breeds and Their Behavior.” Domestic Dog       Cognition and Behavior, 20 Feb. 2014, pp. 31–57., doi:10.1007/978-3-642-53994-7_2.

Wells, K. (2020, August 08). How to Help Your Pet with Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety.         NY Times. Retrieved March 15, 2021, from      https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/smarter-living/wirecutter/pets-quarantine-      separation-anxiety.html

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